When asked about the "bisexual" hero of her next book Cold As Ice she handles it beautifully...
Actually I think I handled Peter Jensen in the best possible way. I'd already set him up in Black Ice, and at the time I hadn't planned to write a spin-off. And he was working undercover, providing sexual favors for a mafioso. He simply took the persona of who he had to be. He can control his body, perform sexually and doesn't think twice about it. It's a nonissue for himShe goes on to say...
It's simply part of his cold and calculating backstory, and it fit. It wasn't meant to be shocking, though I was pleased that my editors didn't make me wipe out all mention of it and pretend it never happened.
If people won't pick up the book because of it, they probably shouldn't read my books, anyway. The relationships between my heroes and heroines are quite dark and intense. I don't set out to offend, but I'd rather risk that than write something else.
I do find androgyny appealing, but I think that's because of the dichotomy. I love masquerade books in general--plots where someone is pretending to be something he's not. Think Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel. There's something very hot about a lacy, bejeweled fop who's an alpha wolf in bed.And, her next Ice hero is Japanese.
How about some books, at a quick glance these caught my eye...
- The Rules of Seduction -- Madeline Hunter
- Clandestine -- Julia Ross
- The Rogue's Bride -- Leslie LaFoy
- A Lady's Pleasure -- Renee Bernard
- Awaiting the Night -- Donna Lea Simpson
- Born in Death -- JD Robb (hey, Mavis is having the baby)
- Crazy Sweet -- Tara Janzen
- Cold As Ice -- Anne Stuart
- Hot Dish -- Connie Brockway (her new contemporary)
- No Rest For The Wicked -- Kresley Cole
- Valley of Silence -- Nora Roberts
- The Bargain -- Julia Templeton